For more than 50 years, the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL), an affiliate of the National Urban League, has been a champion in delivering banner programs for the national movement. Project Ready, founded in 2008, is designed to provide Black Americans and other historically underserved youth with a spectrum of support services and opportunities not always found in our schools’ classrooms.
The National Urban League has extended the Houston Area Urban League’s Project Ready College/Career Ready and Mentoring program with a five-year grant from 2021 to 2025. The work of HAUL’s Project Ready program at Houston ISD’s Worthing Early College High School has been a success over the last five years. The Houston Texans and ConocoPhillips have also provided two years of funding for an additional Project Ready program at Jack Yates High School. The program kickoff held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, was highly successful with 50 new Project Ready NULITES inducted into the program. The Houston Texans and ConocoPhillips hosted the kickoff at Yates with Texans wide receiver Chris Conley and former Texans player N.D. Kalu as guest speakers. Both speakers provided the Yates NULITES with outstanding wisdom for their education, social, and emotional continuum.
The Coca-Cola Company provided the 100 NULITES, at Worthing and Yates (50 per school) with new laptops, and the Houston Texans and ConocoPhillips designed and provided backpacks with supplies. We want to thank Raymond James, who has provided three years of funding for the Project Ready Worthing NULITES, and the Houston Texans and ConocoPhillips for two years of funding at Yates. Finally. a major thank you to the National Urban League for five years of funding.
Photos and video courtesy of the Houston Texans